I’m not a gal to back down from a challenge and when I heard about Saucy Mama’s Sliced Recipe Contest, I decided to throw caution to the wind, toss my stiletto in the ring and give it my best shot. See – not many people know I adore mustard. I don’t know what it is but if I’m ordering a sandwich or something, while many opt for ketchup, I’m more of a mustard gal. When Saucy Mama told me that I was one of the contestants picked, I clicked my stilettos with glee and started thinking about what to make for this culinary competition. Various bloggers will be given a secret ingredient and we will have to pair it with the mustard and come up with a recipe that will have that “wow” factor.
This week’s round is all about the appetizer using some of the Saucy Mama’s mustards and I couldn’t resist playing with their Creamy Garlic Mustard. The secret ingredient – BACON. I’m big on comfort food so I was trying to think of a comforting appetizer that would greet my guests, yet be chic and feature the secret ingredient and Saucy Mama’s mustard.
Voila! May I present Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese Bites.
The key ingredients – the mustard and nutmeg in the cheese sauce – don’t skip either! Rather than having chunks of garlic, I decided to grate the garlic into the sauce ala Rachael Ray style. The garlic flavor was enhanced by Saucy Mama’s mustard. I have to confess, this recipe was sooo good, my normal mac ‘n cheese recipe – well, I upgraded baby and this one is it.
These Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese Bites are a quick bite or two of comfort which will have your guests going “I NEED this recipe!” It’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to share ;)…